Tuesday Tip: “Print” from your iPad to DEVONthink

Printopia IconA cool tip from our forum user ‘korm’:

iOS 4.2 on iPad introduced AirPrint. When coupled with Ecamm’s Printopia, and one of the DEVONthink Pro folder actions, you can “print” a PDF directly to the global inbox. Or modify the action to send the PDF to the database and group of your choice.

Printopia’s Send to Mac feature puts PDFs of documents printed from iPad Mail, Safari, iWork, etc., into ~/Documents/Printopia. Add one of the DEVONthink Pro folder actions to that folder (import or index are available actions) and you’re done. Look up Folder Actions in Help for more information. Modify the folder action (in Automator) and customize it for the target group. All this only works on your local network.

Printopia also has a Send to Dropbox on Mac action, and with that you can round trip your printed PDF into DEVONthink To Go or elsewhere on your iPad.

Thank you, ‘korm’!

Side note: Neither ‘korm’ nor DEVONtechnologies has any affiliation with Ecamm.

3 Responses to “Tuesday Tip: “Print” from your iPad to DEVONthink”

  1. Greg says:

    I would love to get a better understanding of how you “Modify the folder action in Automator to customize it for the target group.” I’m familiar with the DTPO Folder action, but if you can use Automator to specify a specific group for the action, I’m all ears.

  2. Eric says:

    @Greg: Use the “Set Current Group” action in Automator to set the current group to whatever you like.

  3. korm says:

    If DTPO import preferences are set to ‘Select Group’, then this version of the folder action script will display the group selector panel.

    on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving added_items
    try
    if (count of added_items) is greater than 0 then
    tell application id “com.devon-technologies.thinkpro2” to launch
    set theGroup to “Select the destination group”
    repeat with theItem in added_items
    try
    set thePath to theItem as text
    if thePath does not end with “.download:” then
    tell application id “com.devon-technologies.thinkpro2” to import thePath to theGroup
    end if
    end try
    end repeat
    end if
    end try
    end adding folder items to

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